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Wednesday, 16 November 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - Although most honorable senators will recognise in me a fairly strong Protectionist, I am not, as a representative of Western Australia, influenced in the consideration of this item by either Free Trade or Protectionist principles. Western Australia is in the unfortunate position that it cannot possibly obtain bananas from Queensland or New South Wales, since the Western Australian market is too far away to be supplied from those sources. Western Australia has been, and will continue to be, supplied from Java. If we do not get them from there we will be completely cut off from the only place able to supply the western State with this food commodity. It is clear, therefore, that any duty imposed on bananas must be paid by the Western Australian people, and the duty under consideration represents a very serious impost upon a most important article of food.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Oranges are grown in Western Australia,are they not?

Senator DE LARGIE - I am talking of bananas, and not of oranges, just now. Good fruit of various kinds is grown in Western Australia, but bananas are not grown there. In the more northern latitudes of the State the rainfall is insufficient for successful banana 'culture. No matter what duty is imposed on bananas they will not be grown in Western Australia. I shall therefore vote against any increase in the duty on bananas, which can only have the effect of increasing the cost of food in the western State.

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